Today I thank Ms. Faydra Fields for her article entitled "Slave Narratives: 32 free eBooks are great reading during Black History Month." Her Website and this article are a must read, as Ms. Fields truly researches and knows her field of study, which is African-American History.
The above article introduced me to "Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves Georgia Narratives, Part 1." Now, if you have roots in Georgia like I do, and you're African-American as I am too, you can't help but wonder and long for this history. The interviews are conducted by individuals from the Federal Writers' Projects of the Works Progress Administration, and interestingly the former slaves that are interviewed are called the "INFORMANTS."
You knew I would tie this in some how didn't you? Well hold on to your seats. This gets better, because I will be able to take you back, bring you forth and then have you join me in an effort to keep this country from going back again.
Those that have been following this blog know that I am in a battle to make the injustice and denial of equal protection of the laws, and meaningful access to the courts known. I have shown that a United States District Judge has said that I lacked the personal knowledge to make my claims in his court. Oops, my bad, in the above I have shown that the Federal Government created and funded a "Federal Writers Project" to preserve what former slave had to tell this nation about the conditions that they were not so long freed from.
Now, do I have this correct? Your federal government, that pays Judge Noel L. Hillman, wanted to have people matching this writers skin tone, inform this nation, for the preservation of all time what they had endured? Good thing "Good Ole Boy" Judge Hillman wasn't around, huh? Project dead--'they lack the personal knowledge to preserve that history for us boy's'-- so would say Hillman.
But then Hillman could argue that well back in that time they wouldn't be allowed in the courts in the first place. Bad news again because it appears that there was no need for my ancestors to be in the courts, because they (1) learned to obey the rules and (2) if they didn't they got their asses whipped. But don't trust a damn thing I tell ya, cause as Hillman says I lack personal knowledge, so lets see what the previous informants have to tell us on the matter.
Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the UnitedStates From Interviews with Former Slaves Georgia Narratives, Part 1 (Kindle Locations 105-106). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition. REV. W.B. ALLEN, EX-SLAVE 425-Second Ave Columbus, Georgia (June 29, 1937) [JUL 28 1937] "Concerning the punishment of slaves, the Reverend said: "I never heard or knew of a slave being tried in court for any thing. I never knew of a slave being guilty of any crime more serious than taking something or violating plantation rules. And the only punishment that I ever heard or knew of being administered slaves was whipping."
Wow, that took us back, but fast forward to present day and the "Tea Party" is trying to remove the mention of slavery from the history books, at least in one state that is, huh? Just as Judge Hillman sat back and enjoyed penning his opinion of 9/27/2010 thinking "I'll have to teach this boy who's boss, the word-processor stings more so than the whip. Well when the truth gets to stinging some try to hide it, then there are situations where words will just jump off a page and resound in truth as those of Rev. W.B. Allen above as well as those of Noel L Hillman's in his opinion of 9/27/2010 where he commits his own judicial lynching, by hanging himself with his own treasonous words.
But I was not sppose ta see dat, cause eyes jist a feeble-minded African-American, huh Judge Hillman? Not!!! No "Mama" made sure this one could read and write before I went back north to go to school, but yes I still got's dat down home flava and dats why eyes in joyin readin when "informant" Rachel ADAMS, Age 78 300 Odd Street Athens, Georgia says:
"Miss, dats been sich a long time back dat I has most forgot how things went. Anyhow I was borned in Putman County 'bout two miles from Eatonton, Georgia. My Ma and Pa was 'Melia and Iaaac Little and, far as I knows, dey was borned and bred in dat same county. Pa, he was sold away from Ma when I was still a baby. Ma's job was to weave all de cloth for de white folks. I have wore many a dress made out of de homespun what she wove. Dere was 17 of us chillun, and I can't 'member de names of but two of 'em now--dey was John and Sarah. John was Ma's onliest son; all de rest of de other 16 of us was gals."
That's right America, that's how we kicked it in Georgia, but long gone are the days when my mother broke me of "fixin to go to da stoe" but now I FIXING TO END THIS JSHIT. All praise to God, thanks to those that endured before me and may God continue to bless America, and may He grant all the boldness to speak so that all are seen as equal in His sight and through the eyes of man.
Thank You, you must tell a friend or two, and join me.
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